The series won second prize for Arts Stories in the 37th World Press Photo competition and can be seen with other prize-winning photographs at the National Theatre until 1 July. Widely recognised as the leading international photography competition, the World Press Photo attracts entries from publications in over 90 countries.
This is Gaillarde's kind of story - big, beautiful and totally involved. And if the logistics often prove obstructive - the Louvre, for example, initially resisted his demands for access and lighting arrangements - Gaillarde is hard to shake off. 'The more difficult it becomes,' he says, 'the more I want to do it.'